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Single Review: Petit Biscuit – “Sunset Lover (Orchestral)”

Petit Biscuit has a lot on his mind, and he’s hashing it all out in the song “Sunset Lover (Orchestral),” his new single dropped just this past July. In what amounts to some of the smartest alternative remixing I’ve heard this month, Petit Biscuit doesn’t hold back in the introspective – though entirely instrumental – self-analysis that he engages in throughout “Sunset Lover (Orchestral),” and even though he’s got the attitude of a feisty young conductor in this piece, his stylings are definitely on the more pop side of the spectrum. This is efficient arranging at its finest, and it’s coming from a player who has already proven himself to be quite the showman in the past.

The striking interlude in the middle of this track was, at first, a little strange for me to understand concerning what Petit Biscuit was trying to create here, but after a few listens I started to grasp what he’s going for with the multitier arrangement of the song. By throwing different styles at us inside the first one hundred seconds of play, we get a chance to observe his method of execution in action, no holds barred. No matter what he’s faced with in “Sunset Lover (Orchestral),” he never backs down – his melodies are spot-on every time.

These string tones are warm and muscular, and I would even go as far as to say that they’ve got a lot more fat than I’ve heard in any other orchestral pop songs out this season. The producer works diligently to make sure that we’re feeling the full effect of their wallop even when this single is played at a moderate volume, and much like he did with the original version of this track, Petit Biscuit goes out of his way to preserve the textural integrity of the strings while keeping the spotlight transfixed on the core of the track.

When the tempo starts to slow down in “Sunset Lover (Orchestral),” the equalization on the bottom adapts to the altered pace of the music and hollows out the space between Petit Biscuit’s tempo and the bitter tones in the foreground, making the ensuing harmony all the more chilling than it already would have been. Between the arrangement and the execution here, there’s such a keen attention to detail in this track that there’s scarcely a moment where we aren’t being presented with a smorgasbord of sonic treasures compiled into a single plunge of instrumentation. The bottom line? This song is elite in every way that matters, a revisited release or not.

Those of you who are seeking some undebatable pop prowess this August need to hear Petit Biscuit perform in this electrifying new single, which is definitely among my very favorites to premier out of the underground this season. With summer about to come to an end, a slew of autumnal melodies are waiting to take over the airwaves anytime now, but something tells me that Petit Biscuit’s music is going to stay in the collective conversation well past the year’s end. He’s one of the best artists to come into the fold this month, and I’m hardly the only critic saying as much right now.

Erica Ainge

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